Sunday, October 31, 2010


A month ago Kelly found out that the contract he'd been working, which was up for renewal, had not been awarded to the company he worked for, but rather had been awarded to a competitor. Thus he had 30 days to find a new job. In a way, we weren't terribly disappointed - the shift work schedule had taken a toll on our family.

It was a stressful 2-3 weeks, because though he had put in for many jobs and sent several resumes, it wasn't until last week that we really began to hear anything. Then all of a sudden he had multiple interviews within a week and was offered what looks to be a very interesting job with a good company with great benefits. So the result of this "bad news" is a better job with better hours, better pay, holidays off, and better benefits.

I have to admit to not being very peaceful during that month of uncertainty. I wondered what God was doing "to" us. Why, after a very hard year and a half, we were having to go through more, especially with holidays coming up on us. But then as I look back in the last year and a half, I haven't trusted in His sovereignty as much as I should have. I have questioned, doubted, distrusted, wavered. I just pray that this time in the wilderness has equipped me to face any giants that might be in the land in our future.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I Guess It's Time

Early this morning, I heard the pitter-patter of little feet over my head coming from upstairs. As it wasn't quite 6 am yet, I figured Lauryn was getting up to go to the restroom. Just before I turned over and went back to sleep, I thought, "I need to tell Lauryn to quit running when she goes to the bathroom in the middle of the night."

As I was fixing Lauryn's hair this morning before breakfast, and before I can get on to her, Lauryn tells me:

"This morning, really early, Ashlynn got up and climbed out of her crib and went out of our room and then she went downstairs. I had to go after her to try to get her to come back into our room but she wouldn't come. And then I prayed with her because she was a little scared and then I finally got her to come back upstairs with me back to our room and I helped her back into her crib."

I'm glad I hadn't gotten on to Lauryn yet! I told her I thought it was her going to the bathroom, and she smiled and said, "No it was just Ashlynn." JUST Ashlynn.

Kelly and I have a couple of projects in the next two days. He needs to get the toddler bed down from the attic and I need to find a knob cover and put it on the INSIDE knob of Ashlynn's bedroom. I have nightmares about toddlers roaming the house in the night and either hurting themselves, setting the house on fire, or most likely, figuring out how to turn the dead bolt and escaping out the front door in to the dark of night.
My thoughts exactly, Ashlynn.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Hailey's Birthday

Hailey's birthday was a couple of weeks ago, but I never got around to getting anything up on the blog about it. She received a pretty cross necklace from my parents. However, this was her 8th birthday, so she had been saving up to pay for part of her Life of Faith doll. Kora, Aubrey, and Brynna all have at least one, but we've always made the deal with them that we'll pay for part of it for a birthday and they have to pay for the rest. Since they are expensive dolls, we felt like they would take better care of them if they had to save up for part of it and realized how long that took.
She was very excited. Brynna has had hers for about a year and a half, and it was hard on Hailey not to have one to play with when they would play dolls (poor girl, she had to make due with just an ordinary doll). But now she has her own Violet doll.
And tomorrow she gets her boot off! Probably. It depends on the x-ray of course, but if it looks like the doctor expects, then she'll be back to normal tomorrow - a mere 13 weeks after she broke her leg!